SKARDU, June 26: Gilgit-Baltistan’s chief minister has constituted a committee to probe the torture of a student of Cadet College Skardu amid protests by political and student organisations demanding an impartial inquiry into the incident.
Taking notice of the incident, CM Hafeezur Rehman has set up a two-member committee comprised of Baltistan Division’s Commissioner and DIG Police to conduct an inquiry and submit a report to him within a week.
Earlier Baltistan Student Federation (BSF) held a protest demo outside Skardu Press Club on Sunday against the torture and abuse of Cadet Ehsan allegedly by one of his senior fellow cadets.
They demanded an impartial and transparent inquiry into the incident to bring the culprits to justice. They demanded an end to abuse, torture, corporal punishments in educational institutions and enforcement of child protection laws in GB.
The protesters also asked the government and educational authorities to ensure a child-friendly environment in institutions throughout GB. They demanded that the inhuman colonial traditions of ragging should be prohibited in educational institutions and hostels.
According to media reports 9th grader Cadet, Ehsan, a resident of Skardu was tortured by one of his senior fellow cadets severely, who is stated to be the son of an influential person based in Islamabad, due to which Ehsan became mentally upset and was admitted in the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Skardu. A number of parents also complained of ragging of their children but were not ready to come on record for fear of their children being expelled from the college.
When the college administration was contacted no one attended the call due to the closure of the institute for summer vacations.